Serving Those Who Served: Providing Government-Funded Attorneys to Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted: 15 Oct 2019

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William Y. Chin

Lewis & Clark College Paul L Boley Library

Date Written: October 3, 2019

Abstract

Much should be given to those from whom much is required. The U.S. government has an elevated duty to assist military veterans and this elevated duty should include providing injured veterans with government-funded attorneys when they file a claim seeking disability compensation benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Free legal representation for veterans is needed because of the numerous obstacles that veterans encounter at the VA including a de facto adversarial process, complex procedures, and improper denials and delays. Veterans represented by attorneys have better outcomes than unrepresented veterans. Providing free counsel to veterans is a necessary step in ensuring injured veterans are effectively cared for in their post-service years. Free counsel for veterans is a small price to pay when veterans have risked all in service to their country.

Suggested Citation

Chin, William Y., Serving Those Who Served: Providing Government-Funded Attorneys to Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (October 3, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3463972

William Y. Chin (Contact Author)

Lewis & Clark College Paul L Boley Library ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States

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